SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE GERMAN EVANGELIC CHURCH ON CAPRI
A Pearl in the Mediterranean Sea
church with its tapering tiled roof and its coloured art deco windows is
an integral part of the international Capri culture since more than a
century. As one of the rare buildings which has escaped the architectural
»modernization«, the church preserves the reminescence of Capri’s history
and the colourful »community« of the visitors and adorants of the island.
From the beginning of its existence the church could benefit from private
care. The Swedish Queen Viktoria donated several windows. Alice Faehndrich,
Rilke’s host in the Villa Discopoli nearby, took care for the parish
before the first world war, in the 1920’s it was the bookseller Eugen
Behle. During the difficult years of the second world war and the time
after, Gudrun von Uexküll (the translator of Axel Munthe’s »Book of San
Michele«) headed the parochial church council, later it was Dr. Everhard
Bungartz and Jutta Ruocco-Bienengräber.
A Church for the Future
The German Evangelic Church on Capri doesn’t have a local parish today. It is a church which has to seek for its varying parish constantly. Confessional and national delimitations play a minor role than 100 years ago. This exceptional unique church on Capri, on the most beautiful island of the world, must and will have a future:
a church besides the road, which offers the passengers, the foreigners,
but also the natives moments of silence,
as a interreligious and intercultural meeting-place, where concerts, recitations, lectures and exhibitions can take place
a contact point for German and Italian culture and history in a country
which can retrospect on a long common
The Evangelic-Lutheran Parish in Naples is the owner of the church and maintains and use it (e.g. organization of the service for tourists, baptisms, weddings). A society was founded to support the Parish and to foster the a.m. goals together with its members.
The church is supported materially and imaginary by the society. The activities are dedicated to the constructional conservation of the building, the restoration and development, the patronage of church services, musical and cultural events, the cultivation of the relationship to the Evangelic Lutheran Parish in Naples and of ecumenical relationships, and the cultivation of the German culture on Capri and the research about it.
The society is a non-profit organization and is authorized to write out donation certificates for tax relief purposes. The society resides in Berlin. The annual membership fee for individuals is 20.- €.
Ulrich Schuch (Mannheim)
members of the managing committee:
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